Black Hawk College
Short-handed Lady Chiefs knock off Braves, improve to 7-4 overall
Opponent: Braves at Lady Chiefs
81 - 66 (W)
Despite playing a bit short-handed Waubonsee dispatched Black Hawk College 81-66. Earlier in the day the Lady Chiefs got the news that returning All-American Julianna Wadsworth will be out at least three weeks with a broken bone in her right hand. The sophomore forward, 15th in the nation among NJCAA Division II players with a 19.3 point-per-game average, sustained the injury some time during her 28-point performance on Tuesday evening in a 71-61 loss at Kishwaukee College. Waubonsee was also without head coach Jim Sury who was home with flu-like symptoms. None of that mattered though as the Lady Chiefs took the lead after trailing 2-0 in the opening minute and never relinquished it throughout the contest.
With Assistant Coach Jim Williams at the helm, Waubonsee jumped out to a 23-9 lead after one quarter and took its biggest lead of the game at 27-11 early in the second quarter. The Lady Chiefs (7-4) eventually went to the locker room with a 42-31 halftime advantage. Black Hawk (2-6) trimmed the deficit down to five points midway through the third period before Waubonsee went on a 9-0 run. The Lady Chiefs closed out the quarter with a 60-49 lead and never let the Braves get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Elizabeth Skaggs had a monster game, posting her fifth double-double of the season to go along with dishing out five assists. The southpaw powered her way to 17 points and snagged 19 rebounds, including a dozen on the offensive end of the floor. Jenae Rowe stepped up her game in Wadsworth's absence by booking a double-double of her own. Rowe, averaging 7.8 points per game coming in, tallied a team-high 19 points and grabbed 14 boards. Coriesha Bailey contributed a double-double as well, netting 11 points and handing out 11 assists. Libby Love added 16 points off the bench, nailing three baskets from long range. Tania Flores and Charissa Robinson each hauled down seven rebounds as Waubonsee dominated the battle on the glass 60-31 overall, corralling 29 offensive boards to just nine for the Braves.